AEDP Institute

The Neuroscience of Trauma and Its Healing: The Road Back to the Neurobiological Core Self

Presented by AEDP Founder & Director Diana Fosha, PhD & Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD

Recorded for OnDemand Learning

This online seminar is for professionals and students in mental health and the healing arts and sciences including: Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Psychiatrists, Psychoanalysts, Social Workers, Counselors, MFTs, MD’s, Nurses, Creative Arts Therapists, and Masters & Doctoral students as well as soon-to-be licensed Interns & Trainees.

Training Description

Through the presentation of cutting-edge neuroscience,  transformational theory informing clinical practice and videotaped therapy sessions, this workshop will provide an opportunity to see in clinical action the application of insights derived from neurobiology and attachment research, to facilitate deep transformational change and heal relational trauma.

Ruth Lanius MD, PhD, drawing on her work as both world famous neuroscientist and in-the-trenches trauma clinician, will focus on the neuroscience of brain/mind/body correlations underlying five dimensions of consciousness: time, thought, body, emotion, and intersubjectivity and explore how they are affected in trauma, more specifically in dissociation and PTSD. The emergence of the self through the integrated experience of these five dimensions of consciousness and its relationship to the development of major brain networks during childhood and adolescence will also be described. The neuroscience underlying alterations in each of these five dimensions of consciousness frequently observed in various forms of psychopathology will be discussed to demonstrate the importance of these dimensions in the healing practice. Experiential exercises involving the use of imagination, imagery, and mind/body techniques will be utilized to illustrate relevant concepts.

Diana Fosha, PhD, drawing on neuroplasticity, affective neurobiology, attachment theory, developmental research into caregiver-infant interactions, and transformational studies, developed AEDP’s fundamentally experiential, dyadic, healing-oriented practice. This workshop will focus on how to work with trauma and dissociation. The videotapes will illustrate experiential clinical work that hugs the upper limits of the window of tolerance as a way of expanding the patient’s relational, emotional  and receptive affective capacities. The focus will be on techniques involving affirmation and recognition, making use of the therapist’s affective responses.  The clinical work will demonstrate moment-to-moment tracking informed by Jaak Panksepp’s concept of the neurobiological core self. Manifestations of that concept will be tracked from the earliest moment of the 1st session through the end of the treatment in a patient with complex PTSD.

By viewing this workshop, participants will learn to:

  • Describe the neuroscience of brain/mind/body correlations underlying five dimensions of consciousness: time, thought, body, emotion, and intersubjectivity.
  • Identify the five dimensions and how they are affected in trauma, more specifically in dissociation and PTSD.
  • Recognize the emergence of the self through the integrated experience of these five dimensions of consciousness.
  • Name three interventions used to work with the patient’s relational, emotional  and receptive affective experiences.
  • Identify techniques involving affirmation and recognition, making use of the therapist’s affective responses.
  • Demonstrate one of AEDP’s signature clinical techniques, “moment-to-moment tracking.”
  • Understand the concept of the neurobiological core self and its relationship to transformance and core state.

Meet the Presenter

Diana Fosha, PhD, is the developer of AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy), a healing-based, transformation-oriented model of psychotherapeutic treatment and she is Founder and Director of the AEDP Institute. For the last 20 years, Diana has been active in promoting a scientific basis for a healing-oriented, attachment-emotion-transformation focused trauma treatment model. Fosha's work focuses on integrating positive neuroplasticity, recognition science and developmental dyadic research into experiential and transformational clinical work with patients. Her most recent work focuses on promoting flourishing as a seamless part of AEDP’s therapeutic process of transforming emotional suffering. Drawing on affective neuroscience, attachment theory, mother-infant developmental research, and research documenting the undreamed-of plasticity in the adult brain, AEDP has developed an experiential clinical practice which reflects the integration of science, research and practice in psychotherapy.

Based in New York City, where she lives and practices, Fosha has been on the faculties of the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology of NYU and St. Luke’s/Roosevelt Medical Centers (now Mount Sinai) in NYC, and of the doctoral programs in clinical psychology at the Derner Institute for Advanced Psychological Studies at Adelphi University and at The City University of New York.

She is the author of The Transforming Power of Affect: A Model for Accelerated Change (Basic Books, 2000); co-author, with Natasha Prenn, of Supervision Essentials for Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (APA, 2016); 1st editor, with Dan Siegel and Marion Solomon, of  The Healing Power of Emotion: Affective Neuroscience, Development & Clinical Practice (Norton, 2009), and editor of the newest book on AEDP, Undoing Aloneness and the Transformation of Suffering into Flourishing: AEDP 2.0 (APA, 2021). Diana is the author of numerous articles on AEDP’s attachment-emotion-transformation focused experiential treatment model. She has contributed chapters to, among others, Clinical Pearls of Wisdom: 21 Leading Therapists Offer their Key Insights, edited by M. Kerman (Norton, 2009); Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders: An Evidence-Based Clinician’s Guide, edited by C. Courtois & J. D. Ford (Guilford, 2009);  Healing Moments in Psychotherapy, edited by Dan Siegel and Marion Solomon (Norton, 2013); Advances in Contemplative Psychotherapy: Accelerating Transformation, edited by Loizzo, Neale & Wolf (Norton, 2017), Moments of Meeting in Psychoanalysis: Interaction and Change in the Therapeutic Encounter, edited by Lord (Routledge: 2017) and The Comprehensive Handbook of Psychotherapy, Volume 1: Psychodynamic and Object Relations Therapies, edited by J. J. Magnavita (Wiley, 2002). Four DVDs of her live AEDP clinical work, including one documenting a complete 6-session treatment, and one on clinical supervision, have been issued by the American Psychological Association (APA). Learn more and purchase here.

Described by psychoanalyst James Grotstein as a “prizefighter of intimacy,” and by David Malan as “the Winnicott of [accelerated experiential] psychotherapy,” Diana Fosha is known for her powerful, precise yet simultaneously poetic and evocative affective writing and presenting style. Diana’s phrases — “undoing aloneness,” “existing in the heart and mind of the other,” “True Other,” “make the implicit explicit and the explicit experiential,” “stay with it and stay with me,” “rigor without shame” and “judicious self-disclosure” — capture the ethos of AEDP.

Click to Watch Diana's Trusting Vitality Video

Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD

Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry is the director of the posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) research unit at the University of Western Ontario. She established the Traumatic Stress Service and the Traumatic Stress Service Workplace Program services that specialized in the treatment and research of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and related comorbid disorders. She currently holds the Harris-Woodman Chair in Mind-Body Medicine at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Western Ontario. Her research interests focus on studying the neurobiology of PTSD and treatment outcome research examining various pharmacological and psychotherapeutic methods. She has authored more than 150 published papers and chapters in the field of traumatic stress and is currently funded by several federal funding agencies. She regularly lectures on the topic of PTSD nationally and internationally. She has recently published a book Healing the traumatized self: Consciousness, neuroscience, treatment with Paul Frewen.


AEDP Institute On Demand Trainings are to be viewed on your private computer or smart device. They are intentionally not downloadable; we “stream” them. So, having a high speed Internet connection is important to having a good learning experience.

This training is intended to be viewed only by mental health professionals and students in mental health or related fields. You will be asked to provide evidence of and swear to uphold your professional credentials before completing registration and payment and receiving access to the materials.

Fees & Registration

$149 for non-Members
$129 AEDP Institute Members only (you must be logged in to receive the discounted price.)

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Continuing Education Credits

Only paid online learning seminar registrants will be eligible to purchase CE credits through R. Cassidy Seminars.

This is a pre-recorded on-demand Distance Learning Video, which is considered a home study course. If you would like to earn 6.5 CEs for the course a test must be taken after watching the video.

There is a $25 fee associated with taking the test to earn your certificate. Upon completing the video there will be a link to take the test and pay for CE.

Please check with your state licensing board for requirements and restrictions related to contact hours allowed for OnDemand (Home Study) Trainings per license renewal period.

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